Number of furloughed employees rises slightly: government figures
CNATAIPEI -- The number of employees who are on leave without pay rose slightly in the final two weeks of September, according to government figures released on Tuesday.
October 2, 2013, 12:09 am TWN
As of Sept. 30, 1,671 workers from 35 companies had reached agreements with their employers on taking leave without pay, with 1,625 of them presently on furlough, according to the figures from the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA).
The number rose slightly from Sept. 15, when 1,578 workers from 31 companies had agreed to furloughs with their employers, and 1,532 of them were on unpaid leave.
The September figures still represented an improvement over the end of August, however, when 2,345 workers from 34 companies had agreed to furloughs, with 2,240 actually taking days off without pay.
Most of the workers on furlough take one to four days off each month, the council said.
Employers are required to sign written agreements with workers before placing them on furlough, and the CLA reminded companies to abide by the Labor Standards Act and other regulations to avoid disputes.
The council said it will continue to monitor the situation in cooperation with local labor affairs authorities.